Accessibility Program

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Accessibility Initiative

Accessibility Planning in the Settlement Sector: Newcomers with Disabilities

Project Summary

OCASI's Accessibility Initiative (AI) allows settlement sector employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in areas related to service provision for newcomers with in/visible disabilities.

Through this initiative, settlement sector employees learn more about newcomers with disabilities and their diversities; gain a greater understanding of the different legislations that exist internationally, nationally, and provincially/territorially, as it relates to the rights of people with disabilities; and, examine the relationship between disability, race, immigrant/refugee status and other layers of marginalization. Moreover, sector employees become better aware of what their organizations need to do to become accessible in the long term.

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